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The fact is that a terrorist attack is much more likely to occur in Pakistan than Australia, England or India. This is a bit too much reality for some people.
Australia also shouldn't blindly follow Englands choices about where to tour, the ECB has left decisions about whether to tour up to the players even under death threats. CA aren't so diffident when it comes to player safety, as they are confident they'll be backed by the govt, which in Aus is generally less concerned about others opinions of it than those in the UK.
Does that mean you should sit on the sofa all day and not risk getting up in case the floor's wet and you don't notice?
If the chance goes from exceptionally slim to fairly slim, it really doesn't mean you should decide not to risk it.
Now then, I can't say for sure that this is akin to the situation between Pakistan and the UK, but it sure as damn well seems like it to me.
Nevertheless, the counter-argument to your point is probably "Yeah, it CAN happen anywhere, but it IS happening there at the moment".
Not saying it's right, but that's probably the argument.
Maybe just leave it to the players - if they don't want to go, then don't, but send a team. Aus A toured there last year after all.
Have to say though, based on what I know ATM, which isn't a very informed opinion as I haven't looked into it in detail, I wouldn't go.
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Because the only news we get here about Pakistan is when something goes bad there, so without looking into it further ATM, I wouldn't feel safe going there. And I have a young family. So I wouldn't want to go.
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I'm sure living somewhere where this sort of stuff doesn't happen makes it seem like more of an issue than it is. But then I'd say living with it might also make people a little immune to the nature of any threat.
But, informed or not, if individual players still have that queasy feeling about going and say things like "Sure no cricketers have been targetted..... yet.", etc. and use that as a basis for not going, they shouldn't be forced to go. Let CA decide the career consequences or contractuals, sure, but contractual obligations in a non-threatening job like being a sports star (unlike, say, when I was working for Police) shouldn't determine whether a player is at risk if they decide it's unreasonable.
I certainly am not, nor ever have, disputed the player's rights to feel safe and not tour if they want. It's just cricket and it's not worth your life. That's not at issue here. The issue is what a national board, which is supposed to think with a logical mind and make decisions based on facts (rather than perceptions, emotion, etc) should do.
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